Friday’s Briefing: DA Investigator Admits Corruption; Gas Tax Repeal Would Halt Transpo Projects

Plus, BART fined $1.3 million for track worker deaths.


Harry Hu, left, confessed to corruption charges. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • Harry Hu, left, confessed to corruption charges.

Stories you shouldn’t miss for Oct. 12, 2018:

1. Alameda County District Attorney investigator Harry Hu has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from his longtime informant in exchange for helping him avoid prosecution, the East Bay Times$ reports. Hu, who is also a former Oakland police officer, confessed to receiving from informant Wing Wo Ma free trips to Las Vegas and Reno and paid escorts. “Hu also admitted that he knew about the informant’s connection to a 2013 double murder in Mendocino County and that he lied to the FBI about his relationship with the informant.”

2. Proposition 6, a measure on the November ballot that would repeal California’s gas tax increase, would likely halt hundreds of transportation projects in the Bay Area and throughout the state if it passes, including the planned BART extension to San Jose and the extension of Caltrain into the Transbay Transit Center, reports Rachel Swan of the San Francisco Chronicle$.

3. BART was fined $1.3 million by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday “for safety violations that resulted in the deaths of two track workers who were struck and killed by a train in 2013,” reports Rachel Swan of the San Francisco Chronicle$. “For the time being, the transit agency would only have to pay half of the fine: $650,000. The commission put BART on a three-year probation and will require the agency to pay the rest of the fine if it commits any safety violations during that period.”

4. A sexual abuse survivor is accusing the Catholic Diocese of Oakland of sheltering the priest who assaulted her, reports George Kelley of the East Bay Times$. Joey Piscitelli, a member of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, won a lawsuit against that priest, the Rev. Steve Whelan. Earlier this week, the diocese announced that it was commissioning an independent investigation into clergy abuse.

5. Zachary’s Chicago Pizza plans to open a new outlet in Grand Avenue in Oakland at the spot that Camino restaurant is vacating in December, reports Justin Phillips of the San Francisco Chronicle.

6. And Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry may host a PGA Golf Tour event in Alameda next year at the newly remodeled Chuck Corica course, reports Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle$.